Romantic Nighttime Lights
Collected by Dwiveck Custodio, AFAR Local Expert
Bahía Bioluminiscente, Puerto Rico
This was the experience of a lifetime. We were fortunate to be there on the required dark night with no moon. We used see-through canoes to paddle to the middle of this inlet off the Caribbean at midnight. All wildlife in the very clear water was...
Seongji-ro 153beon-gil, Choeup-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea
The temples of South Korea are always one of my favorite things to check out while traveling there. For one, the temples in South Korea are usually accessible by hike and are often perched on the top of a mountain so just getting to the temple can...
42 Đường Phan Bội Châu, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
If you’re logical, you might not make the trek to the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Depending upon where you live, this is a long way to go for just a few hours of visual splendor in the sky. The fact is that the highlight lasts no more than about...
97100 Ragusa, Province of Ragusa, Italy
We drove into Ragusa - Sicily in the late afternoon, walked the cobbled streets, devoured a locally made nougat gelato and on the drive back down from the old town were met with the beautiful sight of the traditional houses lit up by their...
17 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France
Serendipitous light on a September afternoon--a rainbow arcing over the Eiffel Tower and ending at the gold dome of L'Église des Invalides in central Paris. (Under that dome, emperor worship continues--Napoléon I lies buried in a...
Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Fontana di Trevi is, as it should be, one of the most visited landmarks in Rome. Seeing it is worth the blind stumble through narrow stone streets and alleyways. But do so at night (and in the rain, if possible) to be rewarded with...
50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France
It's safe to say there’s nothing in the world quite like this magical island, topped by a medieval monastery that rises out of the bay like a heavenly apparition. It’s said that, early in the 8th century, a bishop in nearby Avranches...
Sayyaji Rao Rd, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India
The Mysore Palace is an amazing piece of architecture. In fact it is India's second most famous tourist attraction after the Taj Mahal according to Wikipedia! The palace is a definitely a "must see" on any trip to South India. It is worth every...
Beyazıt Mh., Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Soon after conquering Constantinople and defeating the Byzantines in 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II commissioned the beginnings of the Grand Bazaar to reinvigorate trade with the city. More than 550 years later, the bazaar is one of the oldest...
53100 Siena, Province of Siena, Italy
It was a late summer night in Siena, and I happened to discover that the iron gate by the side of Basilica of San Domenico, which was firmly closed during the day time, was slightly open. I stepped inside and it led me to a Tuscan night view of my...
1100-240 Lisbon, Portugal
The Rossio is one of Lisbon's most beautiful squares and it is sometimes referred to as Europe's most beautiful square. The pavement is composed of the unique Portuguese tiles and the design is very unusual. The impression is of an uneven, wavy...
Tundikhel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Boudhanath, one of the two "grand" stupas sitting within the Kathmandu Valley, lights up the skyline, nestled amongst endless rows of apartments and shops. This is the view from the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu (looking east), and after an evening...
Via Civita, 28, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
I cannot recommend this hotel experience enough. Matera, the former cave-dweller's town, is really brought to life through this "Albergo Diffuso", literally "diffused lodgings", a series of original cave-dwellings that have been abandoned and now...
Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico
New Year's is far from a one-evening, countdown affair in Teotitlan del Valle. Celebrated with the traditional 12 wish grapes, ample bottles of local, aged mescal and a bonanza of fireworks, the 3-day new year is nothing short of impressive. The...
Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of my most favourite travel experiences so far was the Loi Krathong festival in Thailand - and Chiang Mai is one of the best places to visit for this as they really go all out! It is held every year at full moon in the 12th month of the Thai...
Concepción de Ataco, El Salvador
Every September 7th, The Ruta de las Flores in El Salvador lights up with homemade lanterns. Business light their walls, and candles flicker inside celaphane-wrapped frames of every color of the rainbow. Food carts sell traditional foods such as...
Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima 15046, Peru
We got to play with water on our last day in Peru. This is a public park in Lima that from Wednesdays to Sundays put on a fountain show. There are a total of 13 different water fountains for the people to enjoy and to participate in if desired....
Avenida 2, calle1, San José, Costa Rica
The 1987 Teatro Nacional (National Theater) of Costa Rica stands glowing on a summer night, lending the Plaza de la Cultura (the town square) an aura of majesty. The sides of its neoclassical facade are adorned by statues of dramatist Calderon de...
Opernplatz 1, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The old opera is probably the most beautiful place in Frankfurt, easily accessible from the Zeil shopping street, and just terrific in the spring or summer. There is nothing better than good weather as you stand in the large square next to the...
1 Expo Dr, Hong Kong
Treat your kiddies to a later bedtime while on vacation in Kong Kong by capping off the evening at the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. "A Symphony of Lights" has 44 buildings on both sides of the harbor lighting up in a...
3 Taiyang Ave, Songbei Qu, Haerbin Shi, Heilongjiang Sheng, China
My sister's invitation to participate in the Harbin Olympiade for synchronized skating meant that our Christmas trip was delayed until February. Being from Chicago, I thought I was accustomed to the biting cold, but ending up practically in...
Canal Walk, Richmond, VA, USA
Every year the 1708 gallery in Richmond, VA offers artists an opportunity express their work through light based performances. Each year 1708 picks a different location around the city and for a few hours on Friday night richmonders wander through...
When the sun goes down, the people huddle around the campfires. But if you are adventurous and love to see the night stars, the night is a magical time to explore...or to simply slow down and admire the light of the universe in the night sky....
Trona, Searles Valley, CA 93562, USA
Most of the time, I enjoy hanging out with other travelers, friends, etc. But sometimes, I like to explore alone. Trona PInnacles, near Ridgecrest in the Mojave Desert in California, is such a place. While I was there in the evening taking long...
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